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MALKIN LIFTS PENGUINS WITHIN ONE VICTORY OF STANLEY CUP

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, including what stood as the winning goal, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 victory Monday against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. The Penguins are one victory from winning the Cup for the fourth time.

* Malkin, who had his first points of the series and also ended a six-game goal drought, scored his 47th career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all with the Penguins, to move past Kevin Stevens (46) and into sole possession of fourth place in franchise history:

Most Career Playoff Goals, Penguins History

1. Mario Lemieux: 76

2. Jaromir Jagr: 65

3. Sidney Crosby: 49

4. Evgeni Malkin: 47

5. Kevin Stevens: 46

* Malkin also scored his 10th career playoff game-winning goal, which ranks third in Penguins history behind Jagr (14) and Lemieux (11).

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm4: Malkin tips in Kessel's shot for PPG

MONDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 3, SAN JOSE 1 - PIT leads 3-1

 

MURRAY NEARS ROOKIE RECORD

Matt Murray made 23 saves, including 11 in the third period, to improve to 14-5 with a 2.09 goals-against average ,.925 save percentage and one shutout in the postseason.

* Murray moved within one win of equaling the NHL record for victories by a rookie goaltender in a single playoff year, achieved by Patrick Roy (1986), Ron Hextall (1987) and Cam Ward (2006).

* Murray improved to 5-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .935 save percentage following a loss this postseason.

PENGUINS (AGAIN) DON'T FALL BEHIND

The Penguins again scored the opening goal of the game and have not trailed at any point during the series (254:53). They haven't trailed in their last 435:46 of playing time, dating to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final (despite two overtime losses in that span).

DID YOU KNOW?

Since the Final went to the best-of-7 format in 1939, teams that have taken a 3-1 series lead have won the Stanley Cup 31 of 32 times (96.9 percent). The exception was 1942 when the Toronto Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit when they beat the Detroit Red Wings.

Video: PIT@SJS, Gm4: Fehr nets Hagelin's dish for a 3-1 lead

LOOSE PUCKS

The Sharks outshot the Penguins 24-20, ending the Penguins' 12-game streak of outshooting its opponents. … Penguins forward Phil Kessel had two assists for his fifth multipoint game of the postseason. He now has 23 and 42 points in 44 career playoff games, including a Penguins-leading 10 goals and 21 points in 22 games. … Sharks forward Melker Karlsson scored his fourth goal of the postseason (22 GP). … Penguins defenseman Ian Cole ended a 104-game drought, regular season and playoffs, with his first career postseason goal (29 GP). … ICYMI: Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the U.S. national anthem prior to Game 4. … Top 2016 NHL Draft prospects Pierre-Luc Dubois (No. 1 North American skater), Auston Matthews (No. 1 international skater), Matthew Tkachuk (No. 2 North American skater), Patrik Laine (No. 2 international skater) and Alexander Nylander (No. 3 North American skater) attended Game 4 at SAP Center.

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